P. Allen Smith’s Little Rock home and garden

2 05 2009

After the luncheon, we toured P. Allen Smith’s garden, just two blocks from the Governor’s Mansion. It was mid-day sun, so the shots aren’t as great as I would like (overcast would have been heavenly for shooting his garden—the contrast was high in most of the photos, but that can’t be helped when you shoot in light like this!). I did get some really nice portraits of Gay, Sue, and Gay’s friend, Nancy (wearing the whimsical cherry necklace) in front of P. Allen’s shed with that beautiful burnt red door.

I’m not sure how large the property is, but it seems to go on forever with little outdoor “rooms” around every corner. The garden flows completely around the house. I’m rethinking my desire to own five+ acres after seeing how much he has been able to accomplish with a much smaller plot. He also has a beautiful country home about 15 miles from Little Rock—oooooh, what I wouldn’t give to see and photograph that property (and sleep in that screened sleeping porch!).

Don’t forget to check out his website here. I now own three of his books. Sue bought me my first one—P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home. I bought two others, P. Allen Smith’s Container Gardens and P. Allen Smith’s Bringing the Garden Indoors, for him to sign at the luncheon. Hmm…now I need just one more, P. Allen Smith’s Colors for the Garden, to round out my collection. He also mentioned he and his staff are working on a garden-related cookbook that should debut in 2010. Busy fella, that Allen.

Enjoy!

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5 responses

2 05 2009
Jan

Great photos even if they are taken in the mid-day sun. Thanks for letting us take the tour of P Allen Smith’s garden.

Jan
Always Growing

3 05 2009
Sue Cumming

It is amazing to see how much beauty can be put into a small yard space like this in the city. No wonder P. Allen is such an amazing garden designer. This is a very inspiring place to visit!

5 05 2009
catharus

Well, I can’t say it any better than Sue Cummings! My very thoughts.

21 05 2009
Phillip

Thanks for telling me about this. I have his book where he describes making this garden.

9 09 2009
sandra742

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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